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bucklemyshoe
Jan 13th, 2007, 07:39 AM
Tennis: No regrets over ratings slump, says Serena

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Seven-time Grand Slam champion Serena Williams says she does not regret her ratings freefall which has left her precariously placed entering next week's Australian Open.

The two-time Australian Open winner is unseeded after finishing an injury-riddled 2006 ranked 95 and goes into the season's opening Grand Slam facing a queue of seeded players through the opening week.

The 25-year-old American, once the most feared player in women's tennis with her powerful groundstrokes, shapes up to Italian 27th seed Mara Santangelo in her opening match.

She has a potential third-round match with fifth seed Nadia Petrova, followed by possible showdowns with the in-form Jelena Jankovic and third seed Svetlana Kuznetsova in her quarter of the draw.

Williams played only 16 matches last season and this week's Hobart International was her first tournament back from knee surgery since the US Open last September.

She was was eliminated in the Hobart quarter-finals by Austrian Sybille Bammer, 3-6, 7-5, 6-3.

Williams is philosophical about her standing in the game heading into the new season.

"I definitely think I wouldn't be ranked where I am right now. I don't regret anything that's happened to me," Williams told a press conference here Saturday.

"When I did get injured and I had surgery, I did things I would have never been able to do, like spending time with my family, spending time with my sisters. I wouldn't give that up for anything.

"It was just a learning experience. I've been able to spend some time that I've never been able to get back or never be able to have again.

"I welcome the challenge of being where I am. I just think mentally I'm in a different place. I'm excited to be playing, just to be travelling again, more than anything."

Williams believes her three matches in Hobart have given her a good start to regaining full match fitness.

"I thought it was awesome. I played three solid matches, like eight sets. So it worked out good," she said.

"I'm glad that I started out there and didn't start out here. It was definitely a good decision on my behalf."

Williams said she missed playing tennis and in turn tennis missed her.

"I would be kind of pontificating if I said I think tennis needs me. But I think we work together," she said.

"I think tennis needs me. I think I need tennis. I think I'm happiest playing tennis. I love to be on the court. I love walking out in the crowd. I love the competition. I think it works both ways."

"I definitely expect to play a full schedule this year. Physically, I'm feeling nice."

Asked how she felt that there was no seeded American woman in the Australian draw, Williams said: "It won't happen again, at least as long as I'm playing. I'll try to make sure it doesn't happen any more. I take the blame for that."

Sister Venus, who has won five Grand Slams, has also been by riddled with injuries and has pulled out of the Open with a wrist injury.

http://news.yahoo.com/s/afp/20070113/sp_wl_afp/tennisopenausserena_070113072401&printer=1

tennisjunky
Jan 13th, 2007, 07:48 AM
tennis needs all its superstars and its really nice hearing serena say she needs the sport just as much. she welcomes the challenge and is now happy, what more can us fans want. if she can stay healthy and happy, think some good will come out of it for us fans and for her.

good to have her back!! one step at a time.

tennisbum79
Jan 13th, 2007, 07:52 AM
what would be an article w/o a memorable Serena quote


Williams said she missed playing tennis and in turn tennis missed her.

"I would be kind of pontificating if I said I think tennis needs me. But I think we work together," she said.

"I think tennis needs me. I think I need tennis. I think I'm happiest playing tennis. I love to be on the court. I love walking out in the crowd. I love the competition. I think it works both ways."

winone23
Jan 13th, 2007, 07:53 AM
I liked this interview, Serena will do big things this year!!!

Mr.Kardashian
Jan 13th, 2007, 07:59 AM
nice interview...

tennisbum79
Jan 13th, 2007, 08:00 AM
I liked this interview, Serena will do big things this year!!!

Just based on the interview?
She has talked like this before in other interviews.
I would wait to see what she actually does before getting my hopes up

tennisjunky
Jan 13th, 2007, 08:02 AM
sure some people will read it and try to find a way to make serena look bad, like always. (just like they always do w/masha).

azmad_88
Jan 13th, 2007, 08:02 AM
its nice to hear that she is going to play a full schedule this year...

Ben.
Jan 13th, 2007, 08:04 AM
i wish serena all the best for this season & i just cannot wait to see her play up close when i go into Rod laver arena for the 1st night session :)

tennis needs her & as a spectator i'll be honored to see her presence on the court :worship:

winone23
Jan 13th, 2007, 08:10 AM
Just based on the interview?
She has talked like this before in other interviews.
I would wait to see what she actually does before getting my hopes up


Yes just based on the interview, when I read I had a gut reaction and my gut is never wrong. It may sound crazy, but my gut was right last year when I felt Venus was going to lose in the 1st rd of AO, it was right when she won wimby 05, and I'm always right about the Yankees winning or losing world series. See me at the end of the year.

tennisbum79
Jan 13th, 2007, 08:18 AM
Yes just based on the interview, when I read I had a gut reaction and my gut is never wrong. It may sound crazy, but my gut was right last year when I felt Venus was going to lose in the 1st rd of AO, it was right when she won wimby 05, and I'm always right about the Yankees winning or losing world series. See me at the end of the year.

Hope you are right.
I am assuming you did not this same gut reaction in the past after similar
interviews of commiting to full schedule, and playing more.
She even made a joke the journalist would get tired os seeing her in the press room at each tournament.

I wll see you at the end of the year. I want your gut to work as well as you claim it has in the past.

KimC&MariaSNo1's
Jan 13th, 2007, 08:24 AM
its good to hear her say how happy she is when she is playing

The Crow
Jan 13th, 2007, 09:54 AM
This is a nice interview. And oh Serena shouldn't take blame, the USTA should.

dreamgoddess099
Jan 13th, 2007, 09:59 AM
Arrogant ass, the nerve of her to take the blame for a whole country.:rolleyes: :lol:

Seriously, Serena's going to play her way into shape. She may not be ready right now to win the Aussie, but she should be ripe for the FO. She needs two FO titles anyway to match the number of titles she has for every other major.

Andy.
Jan 13th, 2007, 01:06 PM
Thanks for the interview, she is so positive I hope she can play a fullish schedule this year, the game does need her back.

sunset
Jan 13th, 2007, 01:42 PM
Just based on the interview?
She has talked like this before in other interviews.
I would wait to see what she actually does before getting my hopes up

Exactly! She just got beaten by an unknown unseeded player. :lol:

Craigy
Jan 13th, 2007, 01:44 PM
Exactly! She just got beaten by an unknown unseeded player. :lol:

Oh look who it is :rolleyes:

AlwaysGraf
Jan 13th, 2007, 05:30 PM
She's so far up her own ass I think she's lost. I can't stand people who throw the odd intelligent word into conversation when it's so obvious they're just trying really hard to come across all educated.

Stamp Paid
Jan 13th, 2007, 05:32 PM
She's so far up her own ass I think she's lost. I can't stand people who throw the odd intelligent word into conversation when it's so obvious they're just trying really hard to come across all educated.

Hater.

Brooklyn90
Jan 13th, 2007, 05:36 PM
:yeah: Great article, Just do your best Rena!

Marcell
Jan 13th, 2007, 05:46 PM
Here is what Andy had to say about No American woman being seeded.

"(No American being seeded) would be a lot more relevant if Venus and Serena had played 16 or 17 events and weren't seeded," Roddick said after winning the Kooyong Classic.

"If you're going tell me they are not one of the top 32 players in the world, I would have to question that."

Direwolf
Jan 13th, 2007, 06:01 PM
I agree...
was that knee Operation really neccessary after winning Wimbledon??
i mean.. she couldve taken it after the USO right?? and she should have even won that USO...

Marcell
Jan 13th, 2007, 06:06 PM
I agree...
was that knee Operation really neccessary after winning Wimbledon??
i mean.. she couldve taken it after the USO right?? and she should have even won that USO...

I saw an interview she did with Jim Rome where she said that she heard something pop in her knee so I guess she had no choice but to have the surgery.

lindsayno1
Jan 13th, 2007, 06:09 PM
lol i blame davenport....! the USA would have had a seeded player!! ha joke!

Mina Vagante
Jan 13th, 2007, 06:17 PM
aww really nice interview. im soo glad that she said she intends on playing a full scedule, i miss getting excited about serena playing a tourney, last yer between the AO and cincinnati i didnt watch much tennis so cmon serena:bounce: hopefully she plays a lot and gets fit for Wimbledon so i can cheer her on. you'll see me on the tv and hear me lol, thats if the stupid ballot comes through, so cmon serena play a full year and gets some titles:bounce:

SAEKeithSerena
Jan 13th, 2007, 06:31 PM
it's good to have her back. after she gets a few tournaments under her belt, watch out.

P_Fer
Jan 13th, 2007, 07:25 PM
I'm glad to hear that she is excited to play